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Teen leads troopers on high-speed chase

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Troopers from the Marysville Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies were led on a high-speed chase from Bellefontaine to Urbana just before 1 a.m. Saturday by a 14-year-old West Liberty boy who took a 14-year-old friend for a dangerous ride in his grandmother’s minivan.

Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle for speeding on Main Street near Malone Avenue at about 12:45 a.m., when the chase out of the city began.Reports indicate chase speeds at times reached 100 mph.

Stop sticks were deployed on U.S. Route 68 just south of Bellefontaine, flattening the van’s front tires, but the boy continued traveling through West Liberty and into Champaign County.

The teen crashed into the front lawn of Grimes Field in Urbana and attempted to flee again, but struck a West Liberty police cruiser, ending the 15-minute chase.

The boy was taken into custody following a brief foot chase.

He was charged with failure to comply, reckless operation, criminal damaging, no operator's license and assault, then lodged in the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center, with additional charges pending. His passenger, who was released to his parents, was not charged.

Troopers also were assisted by the Bellefontaine Police Department, Logan County Sheriff's Office and Champaign County Sheriff's Office.

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